In the first months of war, War Secretary informs soldier of his appointment
by President Lincoln.
Partly Printed LS: "Simon Cameron" as Lincoln's Secretary of
War, 1p, 8x10. War Department, Washington, 1861 September 19.
To Henry W. Smith. In full: "You are hereby informed that the
President of the United States has appointed you Assistant Adjutant General of
Volunteers with the rank of Captain, in the service of the United States, to
rank as such from the nineteenth day of September, one thousand eight hundred
and sixty-one. Should the Senate, at their next session, advise and consent
thereto, you will be commissioned accordingly. Immediately upon receipt
hereof, please to communicate to this Department, through the Adjutant General's
Office, your acceptance or non-acceptance of said appointment; and, with your
letter of acceptance, return to the Adjutant General of the Army the oath
herewith enclosed, properly filled up, subscribed and attested, reporting at the
same time your age, residence when appointed, and the state in which you were
born. Should you accept, you will at once report, by letter, for orders, to
the General-in-Chief." Four months after signing this letter, Cameron
resigned and was appointed Minister to Russia by President Lincoln. Cameron
became Secretary of War in a political bargain at the 1860 Republican National
Convention at which his political supporters convinced Lincoln's campaign
managers to give him a Cabinet post in return for the votes of Pennsylvania
delegates. After his appointment, Cameron dispensed a raft of civil and
military appointments and army contracts, and charges of corruption ran
rampant. In 1862, in an effort to be rid of him,
Lincoln gave him the diplomatic post and appointed Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary
of War. Five months before this document (April 12, 1861), Confederate batteries
in Charleston harbor had opened fire on Fort Sumter, beginning the American
Civil War. Lightly creased, ½-inch vertical tear at lower center blank edge.
1-inch separations at upper and lower horizontal folds at blank right margin.
Overall, fine condition.
For more documents by these signers click the names below:
This website image contains our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermark.